Malus Domestica: Robin Martine has come a long way. She’s not your usual college-age girl. More often than not, Robin’s washing a load of gory clothes at the laundromat, or down at the lake throwing hatchets at pumpkins. She lives in an old van, collects swords, and dyes her mohawk blue.
Also, she kills witches for a living on YouTube.
You see, Robin’s life was turned upside down by those hideous banshees from Hell. She spent high-school in a psych ward, drugged out of her head for telling the cops her mother Annie was murdered with magic. Magic from a witch named Marilyn Cutty.
After a 3-year warpath across America, she’s come home to end Cutty for good.
But she’ll have to battle hog-monsters, a city full of raving maniacs, and a killer henchman called the “Serpent” if she wants to end the coven’s reign over the town of Blackfield once and for all. – Goodreads
Malus Domestica Review
Malus Domestica has been on my list to read for a while. It’s got an excellent cover and a great synopsis. I liked the idea of incorporating Youtube and a fanbase into something as dark as killing witches. I thought S.A. Hunt had a great idea, and I was right. He did. More than that, he executed his idea well. Robin Martine is a kick-butt heroine who doesn’t need anyone to rescue her. She knows what her job is, what her ultimate goal is, and she’ll do it. When other people (men) get tangled up in the web that’s being weaved, she doesn’t immediately fall to the role of helpless maiden. Even diagnosed with a mental illness, Robin simply takes her meds and continues to do her job. The supporting cast is exactly that for the most part. Support.
S.A. Hunt has a great way of writing with unique turns of phrase. He was never short on description, but never suffered from word bloat either. There were a few lines I hi-lighted in my Kindle just because I liked the way he put things. I loved the way he incorporated fairy tales, superstitions, and modern life. At times Malus Domestica could feel a bit silly, but I never really found it a problem. In fact, the lighter notes that popped up unexpectedly at times helped to keep you slightly off-balance while reading.
Now, with that being said, Malus Domestica is not for everyone. More than one person has complained about the language in it. It’s safe to say that if you’re offended by casual cursing, you’re not going to like this book. Not just foul language though, but also the actual language used. Hunt’s writing style gives you African-Americans who speak in a very stereotypical way (even though they don’t act stereotypically at all). Ie: “You a bit early for lunch.” “Where you go to school at?”. This made me twitch ab it at first, but I was soon absorbed enough in the story that the particular way of talking felt natural to it.
There is also a fair bit of talk from bigoted characters in Malus Domestica. Now, it didn’t bother me because it felt realistic given the location and time. I fully would expect to hear that type of talk in that setting. Also, they were displayed as boils on the rear of humanity that they are, and not in a way that made what they were saying feel acceptable.
The only time I really had a problem with Malus Domestica was with the character of Joel. Now, by the end of the book, I truly loved Joel, but at the beginning, I just couldn’t get Lafayette Reynolds from True Blood out of my head. I think that was my problem exactly. Joel didn’t feel like his own character. I’ve only seen a few episodes of the show, but that was enough to make me have trouble accepting Joel as a character that belonged in Malus Domestica. Still, he was a cool guy and definitely someone you’d love to have around through good times and bad.
Overall, Malus Domestica was a great read with some particularly memorable scenes. If you like to read books that straddle the fantasy/horror line, you’ll need to put this book on your to-read list. Now, it is available on Amazon, but for a limited time you can get the book from Sci-Fi & Scary for free!